CH3 (Channel 3) – “Land of the Free” b/w “Make It Home” 7″ (2012)

I accidentally ran across a copy of CH3’s 1982 debut punk masterpiece Fear of Life a while back, and I’ve been following the band on Facebook ever since. And you know what? They’re still putting out new songs. They put out a 7″ last year, and back in 2012 did this little single, which is kind of a mini album in a way – because not only do you get the two songs cut into the vinyl, but you also get a download card including them… plus five more songs! That’s seven songs for the price of a single, my friends.

I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t notice the download card until Discogs alerted me to it. The reason is that it actually looks like a CH3 drivers license (you can see it in the pic), and I never bothered to flip it over and look at the other side. So I need to go get my downloads!

(me getting downloads)

Wait, what? OK, CH3 is blowing my mind. Because there weren’t seven songs in the download… there were nine! So CH3 pretty much gave me an entire album for the price of a single.

CH3 has been playing punk for 30+ years. Their style has moved a bit towards the poppy side of the genre, but they still have a bit of that old school sneer. It’s not as angry as their early material, but c’mon, can you really stay that angry for that long and still stay alive for 30 years? I doubt it. But CH3 are putting out some solid music and touring, so good on ’em.

(me sleeping…)

So I didn’t post the above when I originally wrote it Thursday, and since I was working from home the next day I figured I’d check out the download at a somewhat higher than moderate volume. There’s some quality stuff here, so much so in fact that I even spun my copy of Fear of Life afterwards so I could see what kind of a difference 30 years makes. As it turns out, not as much as you’d think. Channel 3 have stayed pretty close to their roots of basic old school punk rock. Fear of Life was certainly rawer and a bit more stripped down than the material from 2012, but the familiarities are there to be heard, right down to having Maria Montoya provide some vocals, appearing on “You Make Me Feel Cheap” in 1982 and “Little Things” on the download. Pretty cool.